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HOME IN EXILE                            311

then stopped with a bamboo peg, for the purpose of inspection of the
different sections when any part should be clogged up. He estimated
that something over ten thousand large bamboos would be sufficient for
the purpose. But these bamboo sections had to be inspected constantly
and periodically replaced, like modern raikoad ties. Officers should be
appointed for the constant supervision of the pipe lines and requisitions
should be made for an annual supply of bamboo from the eastern
districts for the replacements. Afraid of causing trouble for his friend,
he asked Wang Ku to let no one know that the idea came from him,
for he was out of favour with the ruling regime. But Wang Ku was
later cashiered for "giving famine relief without justification".